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Responsive web design – where should I put the CSS?

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Cascading Style Sheets, or CSS, were a huge step forward in web design, enabling site designers to separate the content of a web page from its formatting and structure for the first time. They are a way to create a consistent visual style across an entire site – using styles and classes to format elements… more »

What does the retirement of Internet Explorer mean for web design?

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Microsoft recently announced that they are retiring old versions of Internet Explorer, meaning future patches, security updates and so on will only be available for the most recent version of the web browser on each Windows operating system. The move tallies with Microsoft’s trend towards encouraging users to update more promptly to new versions of… more »

The best and worst in modern web design

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Modern web design is an ever-changing discipline, so how do you know if you’re getting it right? Like it or not, Google have become the ‘world internet police’ when it comes to dictating what goes in modern web design – so make sure you’re keeping the leading search engine happy if you value your rankings…. more »

Twitter DM changes make social media marketing easier

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Many businesses and sole traders use Twitter as a key component in their social media marketing mix, but recent changes have made it increasingly easy to do this. If you have never investigated Twitter as a way of reaching out to potential buyers, it is perhaps a better time than ever before to consider putting… more »

What IS mobile-responsive website design?

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More and more website owners are catching on to the need for mobile-responsive website design, in order to avoid being penalised by Google in its search results for queries conducted from a mobile device. Known as Mobilegeddon, this is one of the search engine’s major updates of recent months, and it affects anyone with a… more »

#mobileaggedon

Wayne

Today’s the day; the supposed #mobileaggedon people like us have been talking about since the end of February, when Google announced their impending algorithm change. It’s been much talked about over the last couple of months and we’ve been working hard to ensure our clients were aware of the potential implications of ignoring the warnings… more »

website design predictions for 2015

website design predictions for 2015

Tom Pepper is our Creative Director and wanted to share with you his website predictions for 2015 – just call him Mystic Meg! My 5 website design predictions for 2015. Here are my top 5 website design predictions for 2015. None of these are actually new, designers and developers are already using these techniques, however… more »

Arrested development: When to redesign a website

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It’s easy to think of web development as a one-off, and online marketing as an ongoing process, leading many online brands to commission a relatively static site, and then go about trying to promote it. But research conducted at the University of Missouri-Columbia reveals when it might be better to redesign a website, rather than… more »

Canals, bicycles and web frameworks

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This week two of our developers are jetting off to an international development conference held in Amsterdam, called Laracon. The conference is spread over three days and revolves around Laravel, the open-source backend framework that First Internet has used in its new bespoke codebase. It will feature both a networking and community day with opportunities… more »

Always On: Millennials, smartphones and social media

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Social media and mobile website design are among the key aspects of online marketing Manchester companies carry out week in, week out – but just how engaged are potential customers with social networks and smartphone-based web access? If your customer base is in the Millennials demographic, currently aged in their 20s-30s, the answer is that… more »

Our new Laravel codebase

Tom Parson

Back in February I told you all about our plan to rebuild our internal codebase. Briefly, a codebase is basically a set of code that acts as a foundation for developers to use to jumpstart projects and to provide a lot of useful and common CMS functionality from the outset, so we can spend more… more »

In need of a new playlist?

Sian

Hello there. I’m the newest member of the First Internet team, so be kind! I hail from North Wales with a background in digital marketing and promotions, largely working in the music and arts industries. Music is a huge passion of mine as a performer and as a gig-goer, Manchester’s rich culture and history steeped… more »

Understanding, creating and meeting client expectations

Wayne

For my début First Internet blog I thought I’d dive straight in with a potentially taboo topic.   That topic is getting it “wrong” or “not delivering” to clients.  This is something we (digital agencies) are potentially faced with every time we begin a new client project or relationship. I speak with numerous business owners on… more »

Building Community with Laravel

Laravel Users Manchester

What is LUMA? We developers at First Internet believe in building and supporting communities, in that vein we have recently decided to start a new group called Laravel Users Manchester (LUMA). In a previous blog post Tom Parson gave an account of the new codebase being developed at First Internet, using the Laravel PHP framework…. more »

A new codebase

Tom Parson

What is a codebase? All web development projects involve similar processes near the start of the project. Setting up files, creating a database with tables for content, customising configuration, creating a content-management area, and so on. After these similar processes have been completed, this is where projects differ and the bespoke needs of the project… more »

When it comes to online, teamwork counts!

Richard Blamire

In the pursuit of excellence in all things digital we often find ourselves brainstorming ideas or searching for the latest websites and online tools from which to gain inspiration and insight for our clients. This research and passion for staying at the cutting edge is what enables us to deliver exciting and innovative projects for… more »

Google give web developers an early Christmas present

What would web developers like from Google this Christmas? The option of adding your own images to Google Street View, perhaps? You’ve got it. Businesses have been able to create virtual tours for some time, but now Google have added the option of linking to custom photo spheres directly from Google Maps, it’s much easier… more »